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Birthday Extravaganza

Today is the Color Princess' 5th birthday.  I can't believe she's 5 years old already! (Of course, from her demeanor, you'd sometimes think she was 11 or 12, but that's the subject for a whole different post.)

For her birthday today, CP gets an afternoon of Mom and Dad all to herself – Dee's sister is coming to babysit the Tenacious Bean so we can take CP to her first movie-theater movie (How to Train Your Dragon), followed by a trip to Chick-Fil-A for a special treat of chicken nuggets, waffle-fries, and a milkshake.  She's going to be so excited!

This wasn't all of the birthday celebration the CP got this year, though.  We had a surprise party for her earlier this week when all the family could get together – it was an absolute blast:

When the Color Princess walked in the door, she was blown away by the streamers and decorations my wife had put up while she was over at her cousin's house.  Here's the CP and her cousin posing in front of the fireplace decorations:

She loved her birthday cards (this one lit up when you pushed a button) and her summer-themed presents (two swimsuits, a play sprinkler, and a giant wading-pool).

She adored her cake (princess-themed, of course), and even her sister got into the festivities a bit.  Everyone had a great time, and the CP can't stop talking about how much she loved her birthday.  I think it was a hit, don't you?

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Ikea + Hacks = Custom Furniture or Work of Art

I heard about Ikea Hacker from Leo Laporte's & Megan Morrone's podcast Jumping Monkeys.  Ikea Hacker is a blog full of posts of people who have modified stock Ikea products to create unique furniture, decorations, and/or works of art. 

The hacks range from the simple (using hooks and a cabinet handle to create a space for hanging kitchen utensils) to the complex (creating an entire play kitchen for kids using the ivar storage system) and everything in between.

This looks like a great site to check out if you've been looking to add some flair to your furniture or living space.  You may not find something that fits what you're looking to do, but I bet you'll get some ideas from these modifications.

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